Three Easy and Nutritious Chili Recipes for Athletes

Staying fueled when you’ve got a busy class schedule and daily practices can be a challenge for most athletes. Prepping meals in advance can make it easier to fit in healthy, nutritious meals on a busy schedule.


Meal prepping instead of cooking everything from scratch saves you time throughout the week. It can also save you money because it’s often less expensive than ordering takeout.


Easy and Nutritious Chili Recipes


At SNAP, one of our favourite meal prep ideas is chili because it’s hearty, nutrient-dense, freezes well, and is packed with protein!


Here are three easy and delicious chili recipes to keep you fueled throughout the semester:

  • Quick Vegetarian Chili

  • Easy White Chicken Chili

  • Hearty Ground Turkey Chili






Quick Vegetarian Chili

Prep time: 3 min

Cook time: 30 min

Servings: 3


Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 large white onion

2 tbsp ground cumin

2 tbsp chili powder

2 cups water + 1 vegetable stock cube

680mL jar strained tomato passata

2 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)

3 cans beans (kidney, pinto, chickpea, black)

½ cup frozen corn

2 small green pepper, diced

1 large carrot, cubed


Instructions:

  1. Add oil to a large pot on medium-high heat, caramelize onions.

  2. Add spices and stir to incorporate.

  3. Add strained tomatoes, vegetable stock cube, and water. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer.

  4. Add TVP, let rehydrate. Then add the beans, corn, peppers, and carrot.

  5. Cook for 10-20 minutes with a lid on and then remove lid cooking for an additional 10-20 minutes until thick.

  6. Add toppings and serve!


Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

Cal: 480kcal

Fat: 6g

Carb: 65g

Pro: 41g



Easy White Chicken Chili

Prep time: 12 min

Cook time: 45 min

Servings: 3


Ingredients:

1 large white onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 large chicken breasts

2 cup corn, frozen

2-3 jalapenos (de-seed and mince)

1 can kidney beans

1 can chickpeas

4 cup mushrooms

4 cup chicken broth

2 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp chili powder

½ tbsp dried oregano


Suggested toppings:

1/3 cup cilantro

1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt

¼ avocado


Instructions:

  1. Add water to a large pot on medium-high heat. Once water is hot, add diced onion and let cook until translucent.

  2. Add spices and garlic, stir to incorporate.

  3. Add strained tomatoes, vegetable stock cube, and water. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer.

  4. and mushrooms. Let simmer for 15 minutes.

  5. Shred chicken once fully cooked.

  6. Add cilantro, yogurt, and avocado before serving.


Nutritional Information (Per Serving)

Cal: 579kcal

Fat : 8g

Carb: 83g

Pro: 46g





Hearty Ground Turkey Chili

Prep time: 12 min

Cook time: 30 min

Servings: 7


Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey

1 large onion

4-6 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp ground cumin

2 tbsp chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cups water + 1 cube of vegetable stock

5 (400g) beets, cubed

4 (500g) potatoes, cubed

1 can pinto beans

1 can kidney beans

680ml jar strained tomato passata

1 bunch kale or swiss chard, chopped


Suggested toppings:

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

¼ cup shredded cheese

½ avocado


Instructions:

  1. In a large pot on medium-high heat, brown the turkey and then add in the diced onion to caramelize. Add the minced garlic and spices. Cook for an additional minute.

  2. Add the strained tomatoes, vegetable stock cube, and water. Stir, add potatoes, beets, beans, and greens. Reduce heat to medium-low, simmer with the lid on.

  3. Cook for 10-20 minutes and then remove lid cooking for an additional 10-20 minutes until thick.

  4. Add toppings and serve!


Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

Calories: 716 kcal

Fat: 12g

Carbs: 104g

Protein: 48g


If you loved these easy and delicious chili recipes, check out SNAP Brescia's Instagram page for more recipe inspiration!


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